Assisted Living: Changing the perception of senior care one life at a time

My Daughter Said We Should Move to Camellia Place for Assisted Living because they focus on the ‘living’ part

Camellia Place breaks the mold of Assisted Living with personalized care and amenities that go above and beyond traditional assisted living and memory care for seniors. Recently, residents of Camellia Place shared their perspective of what it’s like living at Camellia Place.

I became familiar with Camellia Place through my daughter. As my husband and I got older, she felt that we should relinquish our apartment and move there. As a radio personality, she would suggest this place to those searching for a senior care facility. She had also met some of the staff and felt comfortable enough for her parents to live there. The ability for her to check on us whenever she wanted was also a selling point. She finally convinced us that we needed to live there and we did. We moved in and I really liked it. The location was also close to my daughters, so they could visit when they wanted. My husband and I lived there together for more than a year until he passed away.

Life after the passing of my husband has not been easy, but living at Camellia Place has been therapeutic. Life is very busy here. I get up early in the morning and I do everything myself. No one does anything for me as I am very independent. I start my day with breakfast where I talk with everyone and get a chance to see all the residents. After breakfast, there is a fun activity. I go to art or painting class, or play games. The staff keep us engaged and will always have something for us to do.

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Next up is lunch where we eat good food together. And of course, there will be more fun to be had after lunch. I like to read, and the book I am reading now is one on Asperger’s Syndrome. I used to work with children who had this condition, so learning about it in more detail has been very interesting.

The facility is just wonderful and I personally think that I have the best room. Going to the kitchen where we commune together is just a few steps away. I can hear everything, even with a closed door, but it doesn’t bother me. I love the tv area and the little spaces that we can go to and just hang out with each other.

The front porch is a special place. In fact, it’s our favorite. It is open on both ends and we are drawn to its cool breeze. We have special events here, like concerts, and we gather here to talk about whatever is on our minds. It is also special because it is where we spend time with our families. Camellia Place is fairly close to my daughter so she can drop by if she needs to, or if I have to have something that needs her attention. She doesn’t drop by often, but she’ll call and leave things down here and they will bring it up to me. And she calls every night to check on me. So, I stay connected to my own family.

Oh my goodness! They bring in all kinds of animals for us to see. We had a baby pig last week and petting him was a hoot. In addition, we had a baby goat, a horse, dogs and rabbits. We’ve had so many different types of animals.

The wonderful caregivers at Camellia Place try hard to keep us happy all the time. Everybody around here does a really good job with that, other staff included. But the caregivers know what we like and don’t like. Most of the residents are very independent, and they try to accommodate our needs and wants. For example, if we like a certain thing at dinner, they will get it. Or, if you don’t like what’s on the menu, they will substitute something. They get to know us like that. It’s like an extra family.

In fact, if I had to sum up my experience at Camellia Place in one word, it would be “family.” It has a family atmosphere. We get to know a lot about each other. We don’t tell all our secrets, but we get to know each other individually, and what our likes and dislikes are. We get to know each other’s favorite things, what we like to talk about, and what we like to say over and over and over again as we get older. We all get along really well. The “homey” atmosphere is my favorite thing about being here.

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Family Members of Camellia Place Residents Express Heartfelt Gratitude 

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Each year thousands of seniors enter skilled nursing facilities to receive care for physical and/or mental disabilities. For many family members who must place their loved ones in these institutions, they experience high levels of anxiety. And, some of that anxiety is justified.

It is not easy for them to put family members in the permanent care of others. It’s hard to relax knowing that the ability to protect their elderly mother or father is out of their hands. They wonder how their loved one is doing, and how they are being treated in the care facility.

In the wake of a changing pandemic environment, some things will never change, however. Such is the mission of Camellia Place. Camellia Place was designed to be different.

It was designed to look and feel different. It is a senior care home that takes care of those seniors with varying degrees of disability, and must be cared for in a skilled, yet nurturing environment. In its memory care program, for example, 

Alzheimer’s patients receive specialized care in the hopes of maintaining brain function. It was created to be a place where seniors become each other’s family members, and form lasting bonds. The care they receive has put Camellia Place in the national spotlight for its ability to care for seniors in a creative and compassionate way.

The cards and letters come from family members communicate similar heartfelt expressions of thanks. One relative writes: “Thank you for doing so much to keep my mom…safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.” Another family member writes, “[We] have thanked God repeatedly that [she] is there and being so well taken care of.” 

One family member, Candy Morrison, whose parents are residents of Camellia Place–and the mother recently passed away–says of their decision to place her parents there: “As a family, we could not have done better.” In other words, there was no better place than Camellia Place in which her parents could get the love and care they needed.

In the hearts of these relatives, their decision to trust the staff at Camellia Place with the care of their parents meant peace of mind. That is something that money cannot buy.

To learn more about Camellia Place and the levels of care they provide visit their website camelliaplace.com or get directions for an in-person ‘socially distant’ visit.

Adding Life to Senior Years at Camellia Place

Assisted Living, at Camellia Place, is full of Surprises in Woodstock, GA

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The Camellia Place mission is to “add life to years” rather than just years to life, and this commitment to personalized care permeates every aspect of life in this assisted living and memory care neighborhood.

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“Who needs a community pool when you have a home-made slip and slide. Made me tired just watching all the trips back and forth, but the big smiles, belly laughs, gestures of joy made all of us feel like a kid again. We know it’s a hit when the chant is “do it again”, so count on seeing this one again soon”, exclaims, the director of Camellia Place, Andrew McFall.

Adding ‘Life to Years’ During the Pandemic

As we learn to adjust to the COVID-19 era, the design of the Camellia Place assisted living and memory care community lends itself to safe, family-oriented living that allows seniors to interact with members of their own household without risking their health. The neighborhood design also lets residents walk out onto the grounds and participate in activities. Being creative during this crisis keeps the residents encouraged even when they don’t see their family members as often as they like.

Residents have been able to participate in ‘backyard BBQs and concerts ‘in the park’ taking place in the courtyard located in the center of the community where residents can watch, dance and sing along from their front porches and sidewalks.

The Camellia Place approach to assisted living and memory care was born from the founders’ personal mission to develop an exceptional neighborhood that not only cared for its residents but nurtured them in mind, body and spirit. The kind of living they would want for their own parents.  This mission is echoed in the dedication and support of the staff and caregivers.

As executive director, Andrew says, “If we keep doing our best, our hope is that Residents stay safe and family members have a sense of peace knowing that Mom and Dad are in good hands. We are all one family, and this is just what family does.”

If you would like more information, please call (770) 296-1513, or connect with Camellia Place in Woodstock, via Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.